Wrote this for Wowowow.com–enjoy!
09/20/2010 12:00 am
10 Cool Things No One Tells You About Getting Older
Author Stephanie Dolgoff reveals why aging is actually fun.
I’ve got two little kids, so the words “When you’re older” come flying out of my mouth several times a day. It’s one of those “mom phrases” that used to frustrate the hell out of me when my own mother used it, so I swore that I never would. And yet here I am doing it: “You can get your ears pierced when you’re older.” “When you’re older, you can stay up until 10.” “You’ll understand why mommy and daddy scream, ‘Unless you’re bleeding, you need to go away!’ through the locked bedroom door — WHEN YOU’RE OLDER!!”
Used in this particular context, this phrase often refers to something cool that your children are not mature enough to have, experience or understand. And while there are some crap things about aging — spend a half hour in any retirement community, and you’ll get it before the mah jong tiles have been put away — I wrote a whole book about the things that are unexpectedly fantastic about moving into midlife. To that end, here are 10 of the good things about getting older that you may not know — or may not have thought to appreciate. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE